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Mar 2, 2014 5:30pm PST
and politically. and late word this afternoon that u.s. secretary of state john kerry will soon be on his way to the region. we're covering developments from washington to crimea, which is where nbc's bill neely starts us off tonight. bill? >> reporter: yes, russia's takeover of crimea, lester, is almost complete. they've done it without tanks, without firing a single shot. ukraine's navy is either under russian guard or gone. its army now surrounded by moscow's men. russian soldiers on the march in ukraine. this unit is taking up positions outside a ukrainian army base. the objective? to take it from troops who were once their comrades in the soviet army. but times and loyalties have changed. the russians have come prepared for a fight. behind the gate, the ukrainian troops are dressed for combat but look bewildered. and no wonder. their country has been invaded, their homeland, crimea, taken over. two armys in a tense standoff. it's been decades since we've seen as clear a russian takeover in eastern europe as this one. and so far there is no sign whatsoever that the ukrainian soldiers behi
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Mar 2, 2014 8:00am PST
pensula, which is part of the ukraine? secretary of state john kerry calls it an invasion and ukraine has mobilized its army now. it is our top issue this morning. president obama spoking with president putin of russia on saturday after warning there will be costs should russia intervene. i'm joined this morning by the secretary of state john kerry, and exclusively by republican senator marco rubio of florida, a key voice on the senate foreign relations committee. also, a big moment in politics. the culture wars in america as arizona's governor vetoes a controversial bill that opponents labeled as anti-gay. how do we as a country reconcile concerns over religious freedom and civil liberties? we will analyze how this could play out in this midterm election year. >>> plus no end in sight to california's an devastating drought. i will ask jerry brown about the effects. we want to begin with ukraine. the latest on the dramatic events in this crisis from nbc's bill neely in simferopol, the capital of the crimea. there's a real fear now that russia may try to annex the crimea. what's the latest
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Mar 3, 2014 5:30pm PST
secretary kerry to kiev later tonight from here at andrews air force base. they are considering tough economic sanctions against russia. the question is, is vladimir putin even paying attention. russia's leader today pointedly showing off his military might, signaling he is not about to back down, despite criticism from europe, and an unprecedented 90-minute call, a tough one with president obama who repeated his warning today. >> what cannot be done is for russia with impunity, to put its soldiers on the ground and to violate basic principles that are recognized around the world. >> reporter: the president, secretary of state and vice president spent the weekend marshaling world leaders against vladimir putin. >> continuing down this path of violating the sovereignty of another country will have costs and consequences. >> reporter: the u.n. security council met today, and u.s. rhetoric was strong and pointed. >> what is happening today is a dangerous military intervention today in ukraine. it is an act of aggression. it must stop. >> reporter: the u.s. is threatening sanctions, banni
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Feb 26, 2014 5:30pm PST
again considers its own domestic affairs. tonight, the u.s. secretary of state, john kerry is issuing a strong message to putin, nonetheless. and nbc's andrea mitchell has more at the state department on that end of the story. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian, vladimir putin's war games so close to ukraine prompted this stern warning from secretary of state john kerry in his interview with us. also a not so friendly caution from kerry to putin about how quickly these kinds of uprisings can catch fire. >> i think the rapidity with which it has moved should frankly be a message to russia. and mr. putin should listen carefully to ukrainians who have voiced their desire for change. so we're hoping that russian -- russia will not see this as sort of a continuation of the cold war, we don't see it that way. we do not believe this should be an east/west, russia/united states. this is not rocky iv, believe me. >> the russian prime minister today said that the opposition and the rebellion in ukraine are extremists. >> we are not looking for confrontation. but we are making it cle
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Mar 4, 2014 11:00am PST
to get to the latest in ukraine. john kerry is in kiev this morning showing u.s. support for their new government. within hours kerry met with the acting president and prime minister. he also travelled to independence square where he laid flowers at the memorial for those killed in last month's violence between protestors and police. they called what happened an unconstitutional coup. bill has more. >>> words laced with menace from president putin, there is no need for further military intervention in ukraine, but the possibility still exists. it is a veiled threat. john kerry has now arrived for talks in ukraine, a country whose borders are changing. changed by the march of russian troop that's have fired the first shots in their take over of ukraine. they have marched toward russia trying to reach their war planes. soldiers open fired. they warned the ukrainians to stop. they did, but only after least four volleys of gunfire. a dangerous twist in an invasion the president has condemned. >> overtime this will be a costly proposition for russia. the strong condemnation that it has rece
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Mar 4, 2014 6:00am PST
much, bob. developing news out of you crane. secretary of state john kerry is in kiev where he will show his support for you crane. this amid what he called an earlier russian invasion. as he arrived the obama administration announced one billion in aide to help after the country was cut off from its energy supply in russia. putin spoke to the media, he rejected the united states athlete punish russia with sanctions and hopes that russia will not have to use force in eastern you crane where most people speak russian. in the southern region of crimea russian troops fired warning shots as 300 soldiers demanded their jobs back. the troops previously manned the air base which is now controlled by russian troops. about a dozen soldiers warned the ukrainians to stay back. the commanders from both sides spoke, no one was hurt. >> this morning a dramatic event in the pistorius trial. a judge is now ordering an investigation into claims that a television channel broadcast a photo of one of the witnesses, a court order guarantees privacy to witnesses who request it. pistorius is accused
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Mar 4, 2014 4:00am PST
>>> good morning on this fat tuesday. coming up on "early today," secretary of state john kerry is on his way to ukraine as the u.s. ratchets up the pressure on russian leader vladimir putin over his military occupation in crimea. >> i think the strong condemnation that is received from countries around the world indicates the degree to which russia is on the wrong side of history on this. >> as midterm primary election season kicks off, new poll numbers mean bad news for both parties. >>> say it isn't so. the pope drops an f bomb at mass. >>> rescuers begin picking up classic corvettes in a sinkhole. and a massive snowman that puts all others to shame. it is tuesday, march 4th. "early today" starts right now. >>> good morning to you. i'm frances rivera. we start this tuesday with rising tensions around the world. just a short time ago, russian president vladimir putin told reporters in moscow he supports viktor yanukovych and he reserves the right to use force in eastern ukraine as a last resort. right now, some 16,000 russian troops are holding firm in the region of ukraine kn
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Mar 4, 2014 5:30pm PST
putin hitting back at the u.s. as secretary of state john kerry arrives in kiev. tonight the very latest on a very dicey stand-off. >>> trouble in the air. a record number of passengers hit hard, 80,000 flight cancellations during this winter of our discontent. tonight, as we go inside the faa command center, we'll see the decision making behind it. >>> the price you pay. a stunning new look at the cost of having a baby in america. more expensive than anywhere else in the world. and tonight why there's no rhyme or reason for it. >>> and the surprise salute. a funny thing happened during a race in california. when the runners spotted a reason to stop. "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. vladimir putin says russian troops aren't occupying crimea, they are apparently merely walking the streets and driving in convoys with weapons loaded and drawn. as this very tense ukraine crisis continues, president putin today was defiant. he spoke out today for the first time since the big escalation of this crisis in ukraine. he hit back at the u.s. and to no one's surprise, he said he had no i
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Mar 5, 2014 4:00am PST
involving lab rats. while in kiev, secretary of state john kerry said the opposite this is pledge to invade forward. he pledged $1 billion in u.s. assistance to the struggling ukraine. jim joining us now in moscow. good morning to you. a lot going on to talk about. perhaps more aide from the eu and perry going to paris. >> reporter: that's right. kerry is in paris to discuss with russian counter parts. richard, i think you could say there's been a change in the past 24 hours as far as potential progress. that clearly comes from putin's comments tuesday that he saw no need for the use of force in ukraine and had no desire to annex the peninsula. that allowed the perceptible change from the military confrontation we've been reporting on to take a step back from the brink. today in crimea things repain tense on the ground. there's reports of russians seizing two ukraine missile posts. ukraine is spinning not towards war but diplomatic solution. secretary of state john kerry meeting with the russian counter part in paris is the first face to face meeting since the crisis escalated. perhaps more
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Mar 3, 2014 6:00am PST
in washington are now preparing a very tough response to what secretary of state john kerry calls a russian invasion. he plans to travel to ukraine tomorrow to meet with the country's new government. he says world leaders are prepared to isolate russia but that may be a consequence that russian president vladimir putin is ready for. >> he's made a cost/benefit analysis. he's weighed the costs of doing what he do and he's reviewed the benefits of it. clearly he has concluded the benefits far outweigh the costs. we need to endeavor to change that calculus. >> he does not care and in many ways his action is directly for that purpose, to show swagger in the world. >> now some of those costs president obama warned about last week could include boycotting the g-8 meetings in sochi, freezing assets and banning visas. the country's economy is already taking a hit. in fact, today markets have dropped about 10%. its currency fell to the lowest point ever against the u.s. dollar. >>> the turmoil in ukraine is being felt right here in the bay area. this afternoon one man will set out on a cross-country
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Feb 27, 2014 4:00am PST
maneuvers. secretary of state kerry saying russian military action in ukraine would be a grave mistake. >>> fine pri. the white house is proposing sweeping changes to nutrition labels impacting almost everything we eat. >>> plus, retired tonight show host jay leno's big announcement. a smartphone for the super secret designed to self-destruct. and a fascinating study uncovers what our dogs' expressions really mean. it's thursday, february 27th. "early today" starts right now. >>> very good morning to you. i'm richard lui. we're going to start with breaking news out of hawaii this hour. small private plane crashing moments after taking off from an airport on the island of maui last night. officials saying three people were killed, and three were injured. two critically. they believe everyone has been accounted for, no word yet on the cause there. we'll continue to watch that on nbc. >>> back on the mainland, drought stricken california finally getting a double blast of rain with possible flooding on the way too. heavy showers in the san francisco bay area knocked down trees and caused p
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Feb 28, 2014 4:00am PST
are not a prelude to intervention. secretary of state john kerry says russia told the u.s. it will respect ukraine's sovereignty but tensions are heightened. the white house says vice president joe biden called ukraine's new prime minister pledging u.s. support after a new government was formed yesterday. >>> new help for u.s. military veterans is on hold today after it was blocked by republicans in the senate. the $21 billion bill failed to reach the 60 votes needed to advance. 41 republicans voted against it saying it was too expensive. the bill would have expanded medical, education and job training benefits for veterans and families. it would have created 27 new medical facilities for iraq war vets. the legislation had the backing of most veterans organizations. >>> president obama opening up like never before at a candid and emotional kickoff event at the white house. he launched a program aim at giving young men of color a greater shot at success. it is called my brother's keeper. the president says he could have been a negative statistic. >> i didn't have a dad in the house. and i was angry
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Mar 2, 2014 5:00pm PST
kerry just announced today that he plans to visit the country's capital on tuesday to show u.s. support for ukraine, and there are protests from ukraine to san francisco. hundred of people gathered outside the russian embassy in san francisco today all calling for russian president put put to back o back off had. >> reporter: standing outside the russian embassy in washington, protesters calling for russian president vladimir putin to end his invasion of ukraine. secretary of state john kerry condemning russia's move into the ciman peninsula, the site of a russian naval base but now thousands of russian troops are standing guard along city streets >> you just don't invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interests. >> reporter: president obama and putin spoke over the weekend, obama telling putin that an invasion was unacceptable. the acting prime minister of ukraine is calling now for international help. >> this is actually the declaration of war to my country. >> reporter: as protesters take to the streets in ukraine, republicans in congress are questioning the
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Mar 4, 2014 5:00am PST
crane. secretary john kerry has landed in kiev. senior officials tell nbc news that the u.s. is offering a billion dollars in loan guarantees to help you crane out because reef duesed energy supplies. the u.s. is also offering help with free and fair elections, the conflict escalated when hundreds of ukrainian troops approached a dozen russians at an air force base in crimea. the ukrainian troops manned an air base now controlled by russian troops b. a dozen russian soldiers warned the ukrainians to stay back. commanders from both sides eventually spoke. smo one was hurt. in the past hour russian president putin spoke publicly about the crisis. he says that the country is ready to use all means to protect russians in ukraine but hope people do not have to use force in the eastern part of the country. >> a bay area high school says it will do more to protect students after a second transgendered teen was allegedly attacked in four months. the latest attack happened in a boys bathroom at hercules high school. the victim a 15-year-old female who identifies as male says she was attacked by t
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Mar 3, 2014 7:00am PST
secretary of state john kerry to the region. >>> not guilty. in a "today" exclusive kerry kennedy opens up live about her drugged driving acquittal, the kennedy name, the impact and what's next for her. >>> and the winners are -- >> "12 years a slave". >> the slavery drama wins best picture. >> cate blanchett picks up best actress. matthew mcconaughey wins his first. and pays tribute to his dad. >> i know he is up there right now with a big pot of gumbo and a lemon meringue pie over there and a cold can of miller light and he's dancing right now. >> and we're throwing an oscar afterparty with al and kathie lee live today, monday, march 3rd, 2014. >> announcer: this is a special edition of "today." "today's oscar after party" from new york and beverly hills with matt lauer and savannah guthrie from studio 1-a from rockefeller plaza. >> and good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on this monday morning. and let's get right to the results of our oscar pool. i made it until 9:15. >> that's it. >> 10:30. >> 10:30. winner take all. >> i made it through ellen's monologue. >> i liked her, i did
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Mar 3, 2014 5:00am PST
response to what secretary john kerry calls a russian invasion. he plans to travel to ukraine tomorrow to meet with the country's new government. he says world leaders are prepared to isolate russia, in part by boycotting 48 me ining in sochi, also by freezing assets and visas. today russia's market dropped 10% and its currency fell to its lowest point ever against the dollar. some americans have already been evacuated from ukraine, including a bay area man who returned last night. he was among hundreds of peace corps volunteers that was rushed home after the violence began. >>> a cirque du soleil performer in san jose is watching what's happening in ukraine very closely. victor is a native of the count country. >> reporter: good morning. when victor leaves san francisco laurt today on his cross-country journey to support his homeland, ukraine, he's going to be awfully hard to miss. he's going to be driving a custom brightly colored porsche 911. he says when he came up with this idea to support his country, he actually had no idea how unpredictable and how unstable the situation would
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Mar 5, 2014 5:00am PST
to hold a special meeting in bruce sessels. kerry has a meeting planned with his russian counterpart. >>> oscar pistorius' murder trial has just adjourned for the day. earlier the chief defense lawyer pointed the finger at two witnesses that testified accusing them of tayloring their stories to match one another's. the witnesses, a married couple, live next door to pistorius, both said they heard a woman scream, gunshots the night that reeva steenkamp were killed. the defense say there's were differences between the statements the couple gave to police after the shooting and the testimony they gave in court. pistorius claims he thought steenkamp was an intruder the night he shot through a bathroom door, killing her. prosecutors say it was on purpose. >>> israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu is on his way to silicon valley. meeting with high-tech leaders and the governor. live outside the computer history museum in mountain view, where the prime minister will be in a matter of hours. good morning to you, damien. >> reporter: good morning. this is the third american stop for the i
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Mar 5, 2014 6:00am PST
of state kerry will meet with his russian counterpart where he will try to convince russian president put than he's already gone too far. >> he has strategic interest in the crimea and he's taken that calculation, realized that he can get away with this. >> ukraine raised its flag over the government headquarters in the eastern part of the country where a russian flag had flown for days. pro-russian demonstrators occupied the regional administration building since monday. police evacuated that after reports that it was rigged with explosive. >> israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu is on his way to silicon valley. he'll be at a meeting with high-tech leaders and the governor. "today in the bay" live outside the computer history museum in mountain view where the prime minister will be in a matter of hours. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this is the third stop in the united states for the prime minister. he was in washington, d.c., monday, los angeles yesterday, and today here at the computer history museum in the heart of the silicon valley. it will be a packed schedule for t
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Mar 2, 2014 6:00pm PST
that secretary of state john kerry will travel to ukraine's capital on tuesday and is condemning russia's move into the ciman region. it's the site of a naval base and thousands of russian troops are standing guards alongside city streets as well. >> this is actually the declaration of war to my country. >> you just don't invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interests. >> secretary kerry is also threatening russia with economic and trade sanctions if putin's troops don't pull out of crimea. >> the violence in ukraine has spurred the people in the u.s. to do something to help the victims, including an artist on tour in the south bay who has very close ties to the region. nbc bay area's kimberly terry joins us from san jose with his campaign for peace. kimberly? >> victor key, an ukranian-american is a having circumstance performer and has been paying close attention to what's going on. he'll have two weeks off as the show picks up from san jose and moves on to new york. during that time he plans to spread the word about the ongoing crisis. he had his porsche painted w
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Mar 2, 2014 11:08pm PST
options as u.s. stebt john kerry decides to visit the country this week. tonight we're hearing from a man from san jose who's just come back from the region. >>> and a girl killed on the tracks in east bay. what we know about the collision that has a family grieving. >>> how many people can get stoned and still have a great nation. >> and governor brown not mincing words. we'll show you how this interview has a lot of people talking. >>> nbc bay area news starts now. >>> good evening. i'm diane dwyedwyer. >> russian troops seized control of the cry men peninsula. >> reporter: russian soldiers on the march in ukraine. this unit is taking up positions outside a ukrainen base. the times and loyalties have changed. the russians have come prepared for a fiechlt behind the gate, the troops are dressed for combat but look bewildered. and no wonder. their homeland has been invaded. their homeland, crimea taken over. they've been ordered to lay down their weapons or there'd be trouble. minutes later, the ukrainian m armor was gone. the ukrainian base is now surrounded. there's no word on whether
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Mar 3, 2014 4:00am PST
. this will be one of the key things, we believe, that john kerry will be talking about when he comes to kiev tomorrow. this real fear of wider russian intervention and how best to prevent this. frances? >> all right. developing and happening quickly. we appreciate it. >>> snow, wind and record cold continues. check out this photo from late sunday. this morning, the storm is moving into the mid-atlantic and northeast carrying up to a foot of snow in some places. chris has more. looks like there is a nice layer already on the ground right now. >> yes, frances, it looks nice, but it doesn't feel too great. bitter cold out here, driving wind that pops up right on cue. and snow that has been falling since about 2:00 eastern time this morning. so we have about an inch, inch and a half, two inches on the ground right now. philadelphia is starting to come alive a little bit as people try and make their way to work if they do have to work. a lot of places here are on some sort of delay, governmental offices are shut down. the schools are shut down. as just the latest burst of winter weather comes plo
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Mar 5, 2014 4:30am PST
to have a meeting in brussels to discuss the future of the situation. secretary of state kerry will meet with his russian counterpart. kerry will try to convince russian president putin as well russian soldiers walking the streets of the crimean peninsula with guns at ready, that's way too far. >> he has a strategic interest in the crimea, and he's take than calculation, realized that he can get away with this. >> top officials say, european union has agreed to give ukraine a staggering $15 billion in loans and grants to help. that's in addition to $1 billion the united states promised. the obama administration considering slapping russia with economic sanctions as soon as this week. >>> happening today, prime minister netanyahu will be in sill lon value to meet with high-tech leaders and governor brown. today is the first visit since netanyahu was in california in 2006. he has meetings scheduled with leader at linked did in, apple, and whatapp, a ukrainian immigrant who sold his app to facebook for $19 billion last month. later, they will sign an agreement promoting trade and economic d
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Feb 28, 2014 5:30pm PST
, new york. >>> kerry kennedy, the daughter of rfk and ethel kennedy was found not guilty today on the charge of driving while drugged. she was arrested in 2012 after swerving her car into a tractor-trailer. she testified that she accidentally took a sleeping pill instead of her daily thyroid medication, then got behind the wheel. >>> we are back in a moment to remember a man who helped inspire one of this year's oscar favorites. >>> we want to show you this spectacular scene that occurred in nature last night in the u.k. absolutely stunning colors, pink and purple and green stretching across the night sky from south wales to scotland and then to the west to ireland. the northern lights, an extra powerful show right now because we've just experienced the most powerful solar flare so far in the year 2014. >>> in the movie "gravity," which is up for best picture at the oscars sunday night, george clooney's character flies around using a jet pack in space while calmly repairing a satellite. that's been done in real life. the man who did it, astronaut dale gardner, has died at the a
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Mar 3, 2014 5:00pm PST
's sending to kiev, secretary of state john kerry. if there's an obama plan to deal with putin, he hasn't made it public. >> senator diane finestien said i do not believe that threats means much to russia's leadership. >>> a ukranian man in the bay area is hoping a cross country tour in a unique car will help raise awareness about his country's fligplight. he's a circus performer. >> i change my mission to make sop fund raising for children that was apparent into this turmoil. suddenly it changes with russia into grand territory. >> reporter: he's also carrying a flag. he wants americans to sign in support of his em battled country. any proceeds will help families in need. >>> waves of water rushed over the parkway when a 12-inch pipe ruptured. it left the st. isabella school without water and cancelled classes for the day. students are scheduled to return to school tomorrow. >>> new problems for new jersey coming up. a winter blast slamming the east coast. we'll show you the storm that's making travel a nightmare nationwide. >>> we're now tracking rain moving in across california. mode
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Mar 4, 2014 5:00pm PST
. vladimir putin hitting back at the u.s. as secretary of state john kerry arrives in kiev. tonight the very latest on a very dicey stand-off. >>> trouble in the air. a record number of passengers hit hard, 80,000 flight cancellations during this winter of our discontent. tonight, as we go inside the faa command center, we'll see the decision making behind it. >>> the price you pay. a stunning new look at the cost of having a baby in america. more expensive than anywhere else in the world. and tonight why there's no rhyme or reason for it. >>> and the surprise salute. a funny thing happened during a race in california. when the runners spotted a reason to stop. "nightly news" begins now.
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Mar 5, 2014 11:00am PST
. john kerry law officered $1 billion worth of help. today the e.u. say they will provide $15 billion in grants and said. >> it is designed to assist inclusive reforms for the ukrainian government. >> the ims is also in tound and will have tough conditions. it is really a measure of how seriously they take the immediate task of preventing the collapse of this economy, and it's already in a bad way. now the news today is quiet. the russians appear to be consolidating their control down there. you remember yesterday vladamir putin said they don't plan to annex that peninsula. they describe the actions down there as not only a threat to ukraine, but a threat to world piece. he also said that the ukrainian government is in touch with the russian government and they're talking. so clearly there is some diplomacy there. >>> ian. thank you. >>> a tough morning commute for many people this morning. b.a.r.t. had to shut down three stations for most of the morn. christie smith, you talk todd a lot of frustrated commuters this morning. >> yes, good morning. service is back up, but what a rough w
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Mar 2, 2014 7:00am PST
to violate international law there will be political and economic fallout. secretary of state john kerry will be one of the guests on today's "meet the press" so obviously a big topic of conversation. >>> here in the bay area, ukrainians who live here urging the u.s. and the rest of the world to intervene. those ukrainians who oppose russian military intervention gathered outside the russian consulate in san francisco yesterday. protesters sang together the ukrainian national anthem and other patriotic songs in a show of support. while some russian-speaking ukrainians are welcoming russia's presence, many are filled with dismay watches the russian military take control of crimea, which has been part of the ukraine since 1954. >> we hope very much there will be a peaceful resolution and we hope the united states government also support ukrainian independence. >> we do not want war. we are not against russians. the only problem is the regime of putin. >> russia's actions appear to violate a treaty signed by the u.s. and russia promising to respect ukraine's independence and sovereignty. ma
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Mar 3, 2014 2:00am PST
peninsula, which is part of the ukraine? secretary of state john kerry calls it an invasion and ukraine has mobilized its army now. it is our top issue this morning. president obama spoking with president putin of russia on saturday after warning there will be costs should russia intervene. i'm joined this morning by the secretary of state john kerry, and exclusively by republican senator marco rubio of fl
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Mar 4, 2014 7:00am PST
john kerry involarrives in the volat region this morning. >>> out of order, a dramatic interruption in the court during the trial of oscar pistorius as the victim's mother speak to us in an exclusive interview. why she says she has to see pistorius face to face. >>> historic lows. winter's misery rolls on with tens of millions waking up to record-setting cold again. but we'll tell you why hope is on the horizon. >>> and stirring tribute. runners veer off course at a road race to honor a 95-year-old veteran who came out to cheer them on. >> thank you! >> thank you! >> thank you very much. >> the moment that will touch your heart, "today," tuesday, march 4th, 2014. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> and good morning. nice to have you along on a tuesday morning. al roker is back from hollywood. or as we like to call him adel nazim. >> my name in john travolta -- i had fun. we had a good time. love doing it. >> well, it's good to have you back. >>> by the way, big names joining us today. oscar wi
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Mar 1, 2014 5:00am PST
weight is lifted off the shoulders of kerry kennedy this morning. she was acquitted on friday of charges of driving under the influence of a drug. as kennedy tries to put the case behind her, there's lingering questions about why prosecutors pursued the case in the first place. >> reporter: after four days of testimony and a quick acquittal, kerry kennedy, 54, human rights activist and author was grateful it was over. >> i want to say thank you to the jury for returning this verdict. >> reporter: she is the daughter of rfk and ethel kennedy now 85 and with her through the trial. in july of 2012 on a suburban new york highway kennedy allegedly sideswiped a truck, blew out a tire on her suv while driving to her gym. police found her slumped over the wheel. at the time kennedy claimed she had mistaken by taken a sleeping pill instead of a thyroid medication. >> i have no memory until i was stopped at a traffic light and a police officer was at my car door. >> but prosecutors charged her with driving while impaired insisting that even though she had mixed up her medication she still had comm
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Mar 1, 2014 4:30pm PST
secretary of state kerry on "meet the press" tomorrow. and kristen to you >>> and in china, at least 28 people killed by knife-wielding as well, thank you. attackers at a train station in what is called a serious violent attack by violent separatists. we want to warn you many of the scenes are very disturbing. >> reporter: pools of blood on the sidewalk, people urgently seeking news of loved ones, this could not be verified by nbc news but appears to show the aftermath of the attack at the chinese train station. tonight it looked like a morgue. eyewitnesss report seeing approximately ten people wearing a type of uniform, their heads covered with black hoods and running through the station with knives that were 40 inches long. the chinese authorities are calling this an organized, violent, premeditated attack. one survivor said that everybody was trying to run away, the knife-wielding assailant striking at those who could not move fast enough. it is thought among the dead, five attackers shot by police, and at least one has been captured alive. 40,000 people use this station every day. t
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Mar 3, 2014 4:30am PST
to what secretary john kerry calls a russian invasion. he plans to travel to ukraine tomorrow to meet with the country's new government. he says world leaders are prepared to isolate russia but that may be a consequence that vladimir putin is ready for. >> he's made a cost/benefit analysis. he has weighed the costs of doing what he's done and he has viewed the benefits. clearly he has concluded that the benefits far outweigh the costs. we need to endeavor to change that calculus. >> he does not care, and in many ways his action is directly for that purpose, to show swagger in the world. >> now some of those costs president obama warned about last week could include boycotting the g-8 meetings in sochi, freezing assets and banning visas. >>> some americans have already evacuated from ukraine, including a bay area man who returned home just last night. joseph was one of hundreds of peace corps volunteers rushed home after the violence began. he was in ukraine for almost two years working as an english teacher. he says he understands now why they needed to leave but it doesn't make it an
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Mar 4, 2014 4:30am PST
'll watch for spin-outs. >> developing now in the last ten minutes secretary of state john kerry landed in ukraine to show the united states support for the country's government there. it comes russian president putin spoke to the media for the first time since the crisis. he says he is not invading you crane, he is helping. putin rejected the united states' threat to punish russia with sanctions. he says he has the right to protect russians in the ukraine and told reporters he hopes that russia will not have to use force in eastern you crane where a vast majority of people there are ethnic russians. but in the southern area of crimea troops fired warning shots as 300 ukrainian soldiers demanded their jobs back. this is the first report of gun fire in this conflict. the ukrainian troops previously manned the air base, now controlled by russians. about a dozen russian soldiers warned the ukrainians who did not appear armed, to stay back, commanders from both sides eventually spoke. nobody was hurt. putin pulled back thousands of troops from ukrainian border today t russians say those tro
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Feb 26, 2014 7:00am PST
with tens of millions ever americans battling the brutal cold. >>> taking the stand, kerry kennedy set to testify at her drunk driving trial this morning. will that help or hurt her case? >>> and welcome home, fresh from their gold-medal winning performance in sochi. >> davis and white lit up the ice. >> olympic ice dancing champs meryl davis and charlie white take to our rink here in rockefeller center only on "today," wednesday, february 26th, 2014. >> announcer: from nbc news this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. >> and good morning. welcome to "today" on the west coast at 7:00 a.m. and as unusual as it sounds, it is snowing. the plaza cam. not sticking too much. but snowing well. >> meantime out west, we have a rain. >> this is a double-edged sword. the areas are so dry, they will not absorb. they are worried about mudslides and three-hour delays at san francisco's airport. it will be a mess. >>> we have an interesting story coming up. do you worry about your underage son or daughter getting their hands on alcohol? using hid
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Feb 28, 2014 7:00am PST
right, al. thank you. >>> well, a verdict could come today at the drugged driving trial of kerry kennedy as deliberations enter a second day now. nbc's katy tur is at the courthouse in white plains, new york, this morning. katy, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. the jury of two women and four men deliberated for about 45 minutes yesterday before returning home without a verdict. they'll resume once again this morning. now, if she is convicted, she faces a fine, a year in jail, and a suspended license. 54-year-old kerry kennedy leaving court after closing arguments, pushing her mother ethel in a wheelchair. the kennedy matriarch supporting her daughter throughout her drugged driving trial this week. kennedy, the seventh of 11 children of robert f. kennedy, is charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence. she was arrested in july of 2012 when she allegedly sideswiped a tractor-trailer on a highway in westchester county, new york. kennedy has long maintained her innocence. >> i remember getting on the highway and then i have no memory until i was stopped at a
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Mar 3, 2014 6:00pm PST
secretary of state kerry to kia but no plan on how to deal with president putin. >>> a ukrainen man working in the south bay is hoping a cross country tour in a rather unique car will raise awareness about his country's cry sisis. he began the awareness campaign and tour in san francisco today and in los angeles tonight. he has stops plan in phoenix, las vegas while driving this porsche. >> i have a foundation for children with parents into this turmoil and suddenly, with russia interfering in the you are crane territory. >> he is carrying a flag he wants americans to sign to show support. all providceeds will be donated ukraine families in need. you can join us for the latest tonight at 11:00. >>> is this an end to the pain? still ahead, the new release that may becoming for people suffering from long-term severe pain. why addiction specialist are worried it works too well. >>> as california continues to battle a drought, winter continues to punish the east coast. the powerful storm that shut down stores and streets and cancelled flights nationwide. >>> good evening. i'm meteorologist jeff
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Feb 26, 2014 6:00am PST
. and the deep south with tens of millions ever americans battling the brutal cold. >>> taking the stand, kerry kennedy set to testify at her drunk driving trial this morning. will that help or hurt her case? >>> and welcome home, fresh from their gold-medal winning
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Feb 27, 2014 6:00am PST
secretary of state john kerry to warn any military intervention in ukraine would be a grave mistake. getting very serious. >> it is. 6:42. an update to breaking news, a stretch of southbound 101 shut down overnight in the south bay. we've got new details about the fuel spill from an overturned tanker. >> 18 people woke up to smoke and flames. >> we're tracking another round of heavy rainfall on the way to the bay area. i'll time it out when "today in the bay" comes right back. >>> a. new video just in showing an overturned tanker truck closed part of 101 to remain closed for hours. >> the truck was hauling gas on southbound 101 when a car slammed into it near tenant avenue. christie smith live near the scene of that crash this morning. we saw the vehicle that was involved as well. you just spoke to chp about when the lanes might open out there. what do you know? >> reporter: good morning. unfortunately, i wish i had better news for you but when i asked the chp officer he kind of shrugged his shoulders and said maybe one to two hours at best, talking about just getting one lane open southboun
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Mar 2, 2014 6:00am PST
at 9:00 p.m. eastern. >>> i'll speak to secretary of state john kerry and also senator marco rubio as well on what the u.s. options are now, what will the president do. we'll talk about it coming up. >> david gregory, thanks. erica? >> lester, thanks. it's been such a fun morning here. the good news is we are not done. tune in tomorrow for the after party. that will do it for us this sunday morning. thanks for watching. >> i'll see you back here tonight for "nbc nightly news." until then, have a great sunday. take care. one of the best things about covered california is that millions of people will qualify for financial assistance. for example, if you're a single person making less than $46,000 a year, or a family of four, earning up to $94,200, you may be eligible for premium assistance. the lower your annual income, the greater financial assistance you will receive. get answers, and get covered. find out if you're eligible and enroll now. at coveredca.com. >>> good morning. i'm kris sanchez. coming up, breaking news where fire crews are fighting a blaze in the hills of san leandr
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Mar 3, 2014 11:34pm PST
] and get this. secretary of state john kerry went on "meet the press" yesterday. and actually criticized russia for its action in the ukraine. he said, quote, "you don't just invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interest." then he said, "i mean, we stopped doing that, like, months ago. okay. we don't do that anymore." [ applause ] that's so 2013, man. what? [ laughter ] i swear, back in '07. >> steve: -- that's what joe told him. >> jimmy: and while all of this is going on, president obama is staying very busy. that's right. on friday president obama took a selfie with bill nye the science guy and astrophysicist neil degrasse tyson. i heard that photo set the record for the least retweeted photo of all time. very interesting. in the same week --all this stuff was happening. we live in a world of technology. >> steve: wow. >> jimmy: i was reading about this, this doesn't really surprise me. a new survey has found that almost half of dog owners admit they're spending more money on their dogs than on they are on their significant others. [ laughter ] i tried to as
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Mar 5, 2014 7:00am PST
this crisis. also on the diplomatic front, john kerry is expected to meet with russian foreign minister in paris. peter, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. this is going to be john kerry's first face-to-face meeting with his russian counterpart since this crisis began. the russian foreign minister has said the threat of sanctions will not change his government's position. obviously, the situation remains tense. overnight, white house officials here explain they're still pushing what they call this diplomatic off ramp for russia if russian troops return to their bases. the escalating crisis in ukraine put a microscope on the rocky relationship between barack obama and vladimir putin. the two presidents delivering competing televised messages. mr. obama ridiculing the justification for sending troops into crimea. >> president putin seems to have a different set of lawyers making a different set of interpretations. i don't think that's fooling anybody. >> a former u.s. official described putin as emotional, showing off his angry side tuesday. the russian leader denied his troo
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Feb 27, 2014 7:00am PST
russia not to seize ukraine territory. or reimpose the ousted ukraine president. secretary kerry spoke with andrea mitchell. >> mr. putin should listen carefully to ukraine who have voiced their desire for change. we are hoping that russia will not see this as sort of a continuation of the cold war. we don't see it that way. >> reporter: yanukovych now in exile in russia today claims he is still the legitimate president of this country. we are seeing the emergence of two rival governments, a parliament in kiev pro-europe and one in crimea that remains pro-russia. >>> two years after the cruise ship hit a reef the captain of costa concordia returned to the wreck site today as part of his trial. ayman mohyeldin is covering the trial from london. >> reporter: for the first time since he left the trip as captain he is returning to the costa concordia as a defendant. even locals are surprised the captain often called most hated man in italy would return. we have been a little bothered by that because we think he is somewhat guilty of all what happened said this resident. he is back along wi
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